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monthly roundup no. 10: february 2019

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It’s that time of the month again where I clear out my Pocket articles and share some of my favorite articles I collected this month. It seems like I’m tending more toward technical-type investigations lately, which makes sense as I continue through my Superhi course. This is the first bootcamp I’ve found that really works for my teaching style, so if you’re a highly visual or design-oriented learner, I can’t recommend them more.

Since that kind of reading isn’t for everyone, I’m sharing some of my favorite entertainment write ups from the month. Lizzo! Laura! Roller coasters! More crummy musician men! It’s all here for you today.

It’s Just a Matter of Time Until Everyone Loves Lizzo: If you aren’t listening to Lizzo yet, what on earth are you doing? Her music is super feel good, and she’s unapologetic from everything from her body to her self-love. She’s the baddest ass flautist I’ve ever seen, and I just hope to someday feel about my self the way Lizzo feels about Lizzo. And also the way I feel about Lizzo.

The Spectacular Failure of the World’s Only Hard Rock Theme Park: This hits on two of my biggest interests: abandoned things and theme parks. I had no idea that there had even ever been a Hard Rock theme park, let alone that it had been in South Carolina of all places, and this thorough tour through its history was fascinating.

After many many years, favorite blog The Billfold is closing. One of my 2018 highlights was to finally be published there, and I’m very sad to see it go. Despite the popularity of other money sites, none of them are as personal as writers and articles were here.

On Dermatillomania: Laura Stevenson is an amazing songwriter and singer, and her jams have been there for me through some of the ugliest of times. She penned this essay on self-harm for Talkhouse, and I’m glad that she was able to share her experience so it can potentially help so many others. (Big ol’ TW on that if you’re susceptible to self-harm.)

13 Reasons We Type in Lowercase: I type almost exclusively in lowercase. At work, I type lowercase in our Slack channel, but it’s hit or miss everywhere else – Basecamp and Github see varied cases, I guess depending on the day. I’ve always thought it was mostly for speed – not hitting the “shift” key does save a little bit of time, I suppose – and, probably, a little bit of laziness.

Ryan Adams and the Betrayal of Teenage Girls: At this point it’s little shock when a powerful man’s abuse comes to light, and while I don’t think that Ryan Adams was a surprise, reading the NYT article with the women he abused hit very close to home. Mandy Moore’s quote at the end of the piece is something I think I’ve said verbatim about my abuser in the past. This Buzzfeed piece is just one more illustration that this is not isolated – it happens everywhere, to almost every woman.

I think capping it off with something happier would be nice. A friend of a friend wrote Hymns for Druggie Party Kids awhile ago, and it was recently published. It’s a great piece on how music can find you when you need it most, and it of course features my favorite band, The Hold Steady.

Any articles you particularly loved this month? Share them below!

February 21, 2019
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top 5 shows of the year

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The end of the year always means it’s time for those year end “best of” lists – best albums of 2015, hottest singles, best movies, etc. To be honest, when I sat down to consider what a Best Albums of 2015 list would look like for me, it all felt obvious. Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton, sure. Craig Finn and Doomtree, of course. But beyond that, I felt stuck – not to mention it can take me a bit longer to finally get around to listening to a new record once it does come out. Rather than another post of albums of the year (you can check out the 2014 post, if you like), I thought I’d do something a bit more personal here and recap my favorite concerts of 2015! A few I blogged about, many I Instagrammed, and a few saw me unable to put my phone down to stop Snapchatting – let’s revisit!

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One of the truths I’ve discovered is that in Nashville, you can truly see live music anywhere – even at a barber shop. In November, Cory Branan played a (not-so) secret show at Scout Barbershop as part of Cause a Scene. It’s no secret that he’s my favorite active musician, and I’ve only missed one of his shows since moving to town. At this point, he always knows the tall blonde girl in the crowd, and I had jokingly tweeted him the day before that I was preparing his set list (he doesn’t write them out, so I’m always shouting out songs at him.) This time, my year of following him paid off: I constantly ask to hear one specific old song that can really mess up his guitar, and he closed his set with it for me. One of the best nights of music I’ve been to in town.

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December 28, 2015
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the rescue blues: ryan adams / tune tuesday

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Last night was another one of the greatest musical moments of my life – I’ve been lucky to have a lot of those lately! In January, Ryan Adams announced two nights at the Ryman, and I HAD to go. Without thinking and $50 later, I was the lucky owner of a ticket to one of the most popular shows that will come to Nashville probably for the entire time I’ll live here. I have seen him previously (in 2012 at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, which is still one of the best bills I’ve ever seen) but I wasn’t as into him as I am now. To get to see him at the Ryman was super special, and I’ve been excited for months. A friend and I spent the day texting each other our dream setlist (which ended up being most of his catalog) and the show was even more than I could have hoped for or expected when he brought Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires out for a few songs. Since I’m still coming down from the show, today’s Tune Tuesday is all about the man!

The Rescue Blues: everybody wants to see you fall, that’s why they always love to get you high / and everybody knows you need the pain so much, lady / well, keep in touch, baby

Oh My God, Whatever, Etc: if I could I’d fold myself away like a card table / a concertina or a murphy bed, I would but I wasn’t made that way so you know instead / I’m open all night and the customers come to stay and everyone tips but not enough to knock me over and “I’m so tired,” I just worked two shifts

Do I Wait: do I want to say the things that I say when I know that they are wrong? / do I wait here forever for you? could you ask me to? / do you watch me from the corner of your eye? do we say goodbye?

Stay With Me: I love you baby, just treat me right / hold me closer in the middle of the night / I love you girl, and it’s alright / stay with me, stay with me

April 28, 2015
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Heaven is whenever we can get together… / Record Store Day 2015

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It’s the most wonderful musical time of the year: Record Store Day! I’ve been lucky enough to sit in on town hall planning meetings and post-mortems in the past, so this is an event very dear to me. I went to my first Record Store Day back in 2009 at Vertigo Music in Grand Rapids, MI, and I’ve been going ever since. If you’re unfamiliar with the what and why of RSD, here’s some background:

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

Last year’s releases didn’t slay me, and I was only able to find one on my list (The Muppet Movie OST!) but this year there was a slew of fantastic releases that I just wanted to get my grubby little hands on – including two rereleases from The Hold Steady, my true loves. (Plus this year I actually have a record player, so, you know, excuse to Buy All the Vinyl!)

As crazy as last year’s RSD in Charlottesville was (when I got elbowed by someone I worked with and walked around with a black eye for a week over a Dave Matthews Band set), nothing could have prepared me for the craziness in Nashville. Though I walked away unscathed, people camped out overnight at Grimey’s and Third Man Records. I work right next to Third Man, and when I left last night around midnight, there was a little tent city that had popped up. I made the decision early not to try my luck in those lines at all and instead just hope for the best and head out to the smaller stores. Even they had some pretty long lines. In the end after a lot of undue stress and 30-40 minute waits in line from the time we made it to the front doors of the stores, I got almost everything I was looking for (just missing that twenty one pilots Ohio-shaped record). Because of work, I’ll miss out on most of the bigger festivities – most of the record stores here bring out food trucks and book major bands and make it a day-long affair, but I’ll be missing out on that this year. Here’s a look at what is considered a “short” Record Store Day line in Nashville plus my haul!

Store 1: only about 15 people in front of me... still took a solid 31 minutes to reach the releases

Store 1: only about 15 people in front of me… still took a solid 31 minutes to reach the releases

Store 2: a line of roughly 20 people in front of us ballooned to a line at least 50 trailing us by the time the doors opened

Store 2: a line of roughly 20 people in front of us ballooned to a line at least 50 trailing us by the time the doors opened

It seems like we stood on these steps forever knowing that the releases we wanted were just beyond those doors

It seems like we stood on these steps forever knowing that the releases we wanted were just beyond those doors

Heaven is whenever we can get together, lock your bedroom doors, and listen to your records.

Heaven is whenever we can get together, lock your bedroom doors, and listen to your records.

Some of the festivities included a sidewalk sale

Some of the festivities included a sidewalk sale

My full haul!

My full haul!

Are you a vinyl collector? Have you ever gone out for RSD? Let me know in the comments!

April 18, 2015
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